French true fleet market hits a rock

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The French true fleet sector saw its first downturn in 13 months, latest figures for May from Dataforce show.

Renault Captur

Renault was the top-selling true fleets brand for May, with the Captur up 63.2%

Analysis by the firm’s Mario Zagar show that true fleet registrations dropped by 2.6% while special channels were down 0.5% last month.

The overall market saw a slight rise of 0.2% to around 191,000 units, helped by a 1.8% rise in the private market.

The brand ranking saw no changes for the first five, none of which saw a positive growth performance but each had an SUV model that did. Renault was first, with the Captur up 63.2%, Peugeot in second saw the 5008 rise 162.3%. Citroën in third saw the C3 Aircross grab a 10.0% share of its registrations though it was too new to bench its growth against last May. VW in fourth had the Tiguan grow by 18.3%. Mercedes finished out the top five with the GLC up 10.8%.

Ford jumped two positions into the sixth slot, with the Mondeo continuing to see striking results (+301.2%) with 77.5% of its registrations being the hybrid version. BMW stayed seventh while Audi, fell two places to eighth. Fiat rose from 11th into ninth thanks mostly to the 500’s growth of 91.8%. This left Nissan in 10th, down one but with the Leaf up 180.6% and registering a record volume in true fleets.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.